When did going to jail become funny?
This is a recent development of a year old controversey that has gotten TV time on local news in my area, it has gotten more attention than a string of murders that have been occuring about ten minutes north on route 9 from Sing-Sing, The DA and local Political wannabe's would rather pursue a misjudgement by peer that works under some of the hardest working conditions possible,
When I read a similar version in a local paper the vindictive actions and misallocation of legal resources made me sick, While the judgement of the guard was certainly poor at best, a year in prison and an end to his career as well as significant financial loss, the article does not mention that when he gets out of prison he will not be allowed to vote, or get any halfway decent job as a felon, protective custody is also known more familliarly as solitary confinement, although in his case it would be preferable.
An old friend of mine had worked as a prison guard, he is a big tuff Irish SOB and the first time I ever met him he kicked me in the face, He became a prison guard because thats what his father did, these people are just regular people who come home from work and want to relax, my friend relaxed by riding around his neighbors CBR, One day he couldn't take it anymore and quit, That stuff you see on cable about prisons is watered down, these people get human feces thrown at them on a daily basis, The judge pandering to the voices of old ladies and pot-heads who have too much time on their hands or can't deal with other humans cannot properly gauge cruelty unless they have spent time at a "correctional facility",
These people have nothing to lose, many serving consecutive life sentences for various horrible things that they had done to other human beings while outside as well as inside prison walls, they get balanced meals and excercise as well as TV and other benefits that their victims or victims families would regard as impossible luxuries, They know that parole or early release are unlikely and to keep themselves sharp they play games on themselves as well as their "captors" and in this particular case the criminal won the mind game and the guard fell. The guard followed the policy on stray animals although in a more direct manner. And he was punished because of a well meaning law that was not followed by the letter of it's intent and stretched to satisfy a media circus, and overzealous judge.
I did not include the article to add fuel to the fire, but to provide an example of real life implications of the ever increasing awareness of animal rights, and a popular ruse of using the mistreatment of animals to distract from the much older problem of mistreatment of other people.
if I wanted to amuse people with stories of actual cruelty to animals I could have just posted the ludicrous lists of offenses of the British public animal cruelty programme which is graded from a ten pound fine for unnescessary kicking of a work dog to a twenty year ban on ownership for horse starvation. Although I would not expect less from a country that is also not well known for their human rights.